Exposé is an American vocal group. Primarily consisting of lead vocalists Ann Curless, Jeanette Jurado, and Gioia Bruno, the group was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s, their first seven singles reaching the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, including the 1988 #1 hit "Seasons Change." The group actively toured and recorded music from 1985 to 1995, then retired from recording and public performances until 2003.
Casañas (Sandeé) later resurfaced as a solo artist and released a solo album, which garnered the club hits "You're The One" and the Clivilles & Cole-produced bassline-heavy hit "Notice Me." Alé Lorenzo returned to the club charts with "Stop Me if I Fall in Love," while Laurie Miller evolved into a cabaret-style performer frequently showcasing her talents on luxury cruises with a more intimate jazz style. All three original members later appeared doing vocals in several tracks of the successful Miami group Will to Power in 1988 album of the same name with Alé in tracks 1-2-4-6-9-10; Sandeé in 4-9-10; and Laurie leading on track 1 "Dreaming". Gioia also remade this song for the Will to Power's 2005 Spirit Warrior CD after regaining her ability to sing under the title "Dreaming (Again)".
During their peak, Exposé endured legal issues behind the scenes. Similar to the girl groups of the sixties, the members of Exposé had a restrictive contract, and there were reports in the media of backstage battles. According to Bruno, they were only paid 200 dollars per show.. Reportedly, the record label intervened to keep peace between the members and the producers. Despite this intervention, the members filed a lawsuit and ultimately settled their legal case for a renegotiated contract.
In August 1990, while touring with Exposé, Bruno began having throat problems - later linked to a benign tumor on her vocal cords - and which caused the group to cut the tour short. The group took time off from their schedule in hopes that she would recover. Ultimately, Bruno lost her voice, and could not sing at all for several years—she also had to keep talking to a minimum. Ultimately, she was replaced by Kelly Moneymaker in 1992, though she later rejoined the group after entirely regaining her voice in 2003
The album was not as commercially successful as their previous albums, and several singles fared better on the adult-contemporary charts. They did manage to crack the U.S. Top 40 pop chart with "I Wish the Phone Would Ring" and "I'll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me)", which also reached #1 on the adult-contemporary chart (Jurado performing lead vocals). Subsequent releases "As Long as I Can Dream" and "In Walked Love", featured Curless in the lead vocal spotlight. A final, club-marketed single saw the release of the group's first remake. "I Specialize in Love" featured Jurado on lead with Curless and Moneymaker each supporting lead vocals towards the song's conclusion. The original version was performed by Sharon Brown. Among their television appearances during this period include Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and the Brazilian actress/singer children's show, Xuxa.
In 1995, Exposé recorded the Diane Warren-penned song "I'll Say Good-Bye for the Two of Us" for the soundtrack of the film Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home with Jurado performing lead vocals; that same year, the song was issued on their Greatest Hits. The song is distinctive for the group as Jurado performs solo without backing vocals.
After the group disbanded, Jurado performed in the stage play "Mad Hattan," supplied vocals for Contemporary Jazz guitartist Nils and Safe Sax; Moneymaker married soap opera actor Peter Reckell and released two solo albums (Like a Blackbird and Through These Basement Walls); Curless engaged in song writing, supplied vocals to several club/dance projects and also provided academic instruction on music and the music business. Eventually, both Jurado and Curless married and had children, temporarily retiring from performing.
In 1997, Bruno fully recovered from her throat tumor and began singing again. After a small stint with the band Wet, she worked on a solo career focused mostly on dance-oriented material. Her first album, Expose This, was released in the spring of 2004.
After a long hiatus, on August 1, 2003, the lineup of Curless, Jurado, and Moneymaker, reunited briefly for a reunion concert at the Mid State Fair in Paso Robles, California. Members of Safe Sax, including music director/guitarist Steve Fansler, were part of the live band Exposé used. While there was a desire to do more shows, according to Moneymaker they were unable to gets things active at that time.
In the year 2006, Jurado announced on MySpace they had signed with a major booking agency, and Bruno announced she was back with Exposé for the first time in 15 years. Moneymaker has stated she might fill in for any member who may not be available, or to appear with the full lineup on special occasions.
On October 21, 2006, Exposé kicked off their tour at American Airlines Arena in Miami for the "Freestyle Explosion" concert, with the lineup of Ann Cureless, Jeanette Jurado, and Gioia Bruno (who, had fully regained her voice in 1997. In the years from 1997 until 2005, she'd decided to concentrate on a solo career, as well as singing in the band "Wet"). On November 29, 2006, at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee, Exposé performed a 16 song show with a full band lead by Steve Fansler, marking their first full concert together with Bruno since 1990. Other noted appearances included sets at gay pride events throughout the country. The group continues to perform at special events throughout the United States.
In December 2007, Exposé was named in a lawsuit by Crystal Entertainment and Filmworks. At issue is the trademark licensing agreement for the rights to use the name "Exposé..
|Year||Single||Chart positions||Lead vocals||Album|
|U.S.||U.S. dance||U.S. dance sales||U.S. R&B||U.S. AC||UK|
|1985||"Point of No Return"||—||1||10||—||—||—||Alé Lorenzo||Exposure|
|1986||"Exposed to Love"||-||2||10||—||—||—||Alé Lorenzo|
|1987||"Come Go With Me"||5||1||2||14||—||—||Jeanette Jurado|
|"Point of No Return" (re-recorded version)||5||—||40||—||—||83||Jeanette Jurado|
|"Let Me Be the One"||7||2||13||29||—||76||Gioia Bruno|
|1988||"Seasons Change"||1||—||32||27||1||97||Jeanette Jurado|
|1989||"What You Don't Know"||8||2||8||—||—||99||Gioia Bruno||What You Don't Know|
|"When I Looked at Him"||10||—||—||—||3||—||Jeanette Jurado|
|"Tell Me Why"||9||3||26||—||—||97||Gioia Bruno|
|1990||"Your Baby Never Looked Good in Blue"||17||—||—||—||9||—||Jeanette Jurado|
|"Stop, Listen, Look & Think"||—||19||—||—||—||—||Ann Curless|
|1992||"I Wish the Phone Would Ring"||28||—||14||—||—||—||Jeanette Jurado||Exposé|
|1993||"I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me"||8||—||—||—||1||75||Jeanette Jurado|
|"As Long as I Can Dream"||55||—||—||—||21||—||Ann Curless|
|"In Walked Love"||84||—||—||—||17||—||Ann Curless|
|1995||"I Specialize in Love"||—||6||20||—||—||—||Jeanette Jurado|
|"I'll Say Good-Bye for the Two of Us"||117||—||—||—||—||—||Jeanette Jurado||Greatest Hits|